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Gas station fuel mix-up to blame for damaged vehicles

Posted March 10, 2010 11:31 p.m. EST
Updated March 12, 2010 7:26 p.m. EST

— A fuel mix-up at a Raleigh gas station is to blame for damage to several vehicles this week.

Prashant Patel, who owns the Shell gas station at 6801 Glenwood Ave., said gasoline supplier Piedmont Transportation filled diesel tanks with unleaded premium gasoline and unleaded premium tanks with diesel fuel.

The owners of at least a half dozen vehicles reported problems.

Piedmont Transportation, based out of Charlotte, has agreed to pay for all damages as a result.

Jonathan Chanice said there was about $6,500 in damages to his truck, causing him to miss two days of work.

"It's my work vehicle. It shut me down for half a day, just getting it running, and now, it doesn't run right," he said.

The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has been working with Patel to fix the problem and flush out the gas lines.

"This is strictly on the transport company," said Marcus Helfrich, a chemist with the agriculture department. "He closed the pumps as soon as he found out there was a problem after the first complaint."

Anyone with issues with their vehicles should contact the agriculture department at 919-733-7125 for assistance.